Marcel Pagnol walks: 4 not-to-be-missed walks

The Garlaban, the land of Marcel Pagnol


Le Garlaban is a mountain located near the town of Aubagne, Marcel Pagnol’s hometown. This mountain features prominently in several of his literary and cinematographic works, particularly in the childhood memories he recounts in his autobiographical novels “La Gloire de mon Père” and “Le Château de ma Mère”.

Symbolising his Provençal roots and his attachment to the region’s nature, he often evoked the Garlaban in his writings, describing its green hills, fragrant paths and picturesque landscapes.

Aubagne is now a place of commemoration for all fans of the Provençal artist. It is home to the “Mas de la Treille”, Pagnol’s family home, which is now a museum dedicated to the author and his work.

Marcel Pagnol’s most beautiful walks


Today, the Garlaban has become a popular hiking destination for outdoor enthusiasts and fans of Marcel Pagnol. Numerous hiking trails allow you to explore this mountain and admire the magnificent panoramas of Provence. Visitors can follow in the author’s footsteps and be enchanted by the natural beauty that inspired Marcel Pagnol throughout his life.

The different walks linked to Marcel Pagnol :

Marcel Pagnol trail – La Treille

The Sentier de Marcel Pagnol is a popular hiking trail that begins in the village of La Treille, near Aubagne. This trail takes you through the hills and landscapes that played such an important role in Pagnol’s childhood memories. You can discover the places that inspired his novel “La Gloire de mon Père” and soak up the Provençal atmosphere that he described so well.

Manon des Sources trail – La Bastide Neuve

This trail takes you to the source of Manon, an emblematic place in Marcel Pagnol’s novel “Manon des Sources”. The walk begins at La Bastide Neuve, a hamlet near Aubagne, and allows you to follow in the footsteps of Pagnol’s characters in this magnificent Provencal landscape.

Sentier des Gorguettes – Aubagne

The Sentier des Gorguettes is an easy walk starting out from Aubagne, offering panoramic views of the Garlaban region and surrounding hills. This walk will allow you to discover the rural landscapes that inspired the author and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of his works.

Garlaban path – Aubagne

The Garlaban hike takes you over the hills of this emblematic mountain, which played a central role in Pagnol’s work. You can explore the paths the writer often took and soak up the atmosphere that inspired his stories.

Stay at the 5-star Hôtel Baumanière, close to Marcel Pagnol’s walks

For your stay in Provence, set down your suitcases at Baumanière, a 5-star hotel in Les Baux-de-Provence, and take advantage of the many walks linked to Marcel Pagnol.

Our estate welcomes you to a verdant setting in the heart of Provence, in the Alpilles, surrounded by idyllic spots where you can admire the unspoilt nature of the garrigues and the song of the cicadas.

At Baumanière Les Baux-de-Provence, treat yourself to a well-deserved break after your hikes in our Sisley Spa, where the brand’s phyto-aromatic treatments are lavished on you by our Spa practitioners, for an exceptional sensory experience. The herbal tea room, opening onto our gardens, the steam room and sauna, the fitness room… Everything is designed to offer you a gentle interlude in a privileged setting, like the one so aptly described by Marcel Pagnol.

In our luxurious rooms, the decor, mostly vintage, is an ode to Provencal tradition. The warm tones of ochre, terracotta and, of course, green are reminiscent of the natural surroundings often featured in the films of the Provencal artist.

Gastronomy at Baumanière, Marcel Pagnol’s ode to Provence

Our two gourmet restaurants draw their inspiration from Provence to create their exceptional dishes, a blend of tradition and creativity. L‘Oustau de Baumanière, with 3 Michelin stars, welcomes you to an idyllic setting on the edge of the Val d’Enfer and at the foot of Les Baux-de-Provence. Take advantage of our shaded terrace to sample the dishes of our Chef Glenn Viel and enjoy a meal out of time with the “Ballade Menu”, a tasting in several stages inspired by the Provencal region, among other things.

You can also enjoy Provençal gastronomy in our gourmet restaurant La Cabro d’Or, where Chef Michel Hulin uses local produce in a menu that changes with the seasons and what the local produce has to offer. The restaurant’s friendly, refined setting is the ideal place to discover Provence in a different way.